EXPERIENTIAL COURSE IN COMMUNITY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

For more than fifty years the idea of community has been at the heart of the PA. From the experiment at Kingsley Hall to its current therapeutic households, the PA’s work has always involved a shared attempt to deal with the hardship of emotional distress through the practice of living together. 

When the PA was set up, its counter-culture mission was to find an alternative to psychiatric treatment and mental hospitals. All these years later the world has changed beyond recognition. Mental hospitals have mostly been closed down but they haven’t been replaced by a more enlightened and communal approach to suffering, as RD Laing and other PA founders hoped they would be. Instead cost-cutting quick fixes and a punishing work ethic are the order of the day. Community as a therapeutic ideal remains as elusive as ever in today’s fragmented, competitive and increasingly digital world. Yet the need for it is more and more urgent.

 

But it isn’t as easy as saying that community is good and marginalisation is bad. It is possible to feel at home in prison and in prison at home. Bands of outsiders – a gang or an addicts’ self-help group – may be much more tolerant, cohesive and healing than golf clubs or churches. The shared experience of adversity often creates a powerful solidarity, while shared privilege can be divisive and alienating. Thus thinking about community must also involve thinking about how one group impacts, threatens, ignores, deprives another. Community presupposes conflict.

 

This course serves as both as a stand alone certificate course and an introduction to the PA (including its houses) You will encounter various modes of group work to explore group dynamics and what goes on between us.  Seminars will frame topics to discuss but the heart of the course is experiential, comparative learning about group formats and dynamics – and their relationship to the politics of the wider society. 

Held at the PA premises in Hampstead, north London, the course takes place over six weekends spread out over the academic year. It will be possible to apply to the one year Diploma in Community and Psychotherapy and the full Analytic Psychotherapy Training from the Experiential Course.

APPLICATION AND FEES

 

Application is by interview. The course costs £840 plus a £50 interview fee. There are a limited number of bursaries available for students surviving on low income. To apply, via the form at the bottom of this page. 

Autumn 2019

WEEKEND 1

Saturday 19 October

10–10.30  Arrival

10.30–11.30  Introduction to the course

11.30–12.30 Seminar – The history of the PA

Facilitators: Barbara Latham and Lucy King

1.30–3.30  Seminar – Introduction to groups

Facilitators: Dan Jones

3.30–4  Break  

4–5.30  Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

Sunday 20 October

10.30–11  Arrival

11–12.30  Seminar – I can't, we can: the success of self-help fellowships in the treatment of addiction

Facilitator: Nick Mercer

12.30–1.15 Lunch (not provided)

1.15–3.30  Film screening and discussion

Facilitator: Rob White

4–5.30  Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

WEEKEND 2

Saturday 23 November

10.–10.30  Arrival

10.30–12.30  Seminar – What is community?

Facilitator: Jake Osborne

12.30–1.30  Lunch (not provided)

 

1.30–3.30  Seminar – Race identities in the therapy room

Facilitator: Eugene Ellis

3.30–4  Break

4–5.30  Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

Sunday 24 November

10.30–11 Arrival

 

11–12.30  Seminar – Social class and psychotherapy

Facilitator: Paul Gurney

12.30–1.15  Lunch (not provided)

 

1.15–3.30  Film screening and discussion

Facilitator: Rob White

4–5.30 Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

Winter/spring 2020

WEEKEND 3

Saturday 11 January

10–10.30 Arrival

10.30–1  Workshop – Gender groups

Facilitators: Paul Atkinson and Ellie Guedalla

1–2 Lunch (not provided)

2–3.30  Seminar – Women's narratives

Facilitator: Christina Moutsou

3.30–4  Break

 

4–5.30  Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

Sunday 12 January

10.30–11  Arrival

11–12.30  Seminar – Exploring ways of working with traditional masculinity

Facilitator: Andy Metcalf

12.30–1.15  Lunch (not provided)

 

1.15–3.30  Film screening and and discussion

Facilitator: Rob White

3.30–4 Break

 

4–5.30  Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

WEEKEND 4

Saturday 7 March

10–10.30 Arrival

10.30–1 Seminar – Group dynamics using drama and music: ways of connecting  

Facilitators: Alison Davies and Ditty Doktor

1–2  Lunch (not provided)

 

2–3.30  Seminar – The politics of exclusion: working with homelessness

Facilitator: Nicola Saunders

3.30–4  Break

4–5.30  Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

Sunday 8 March

10–10.30  Arrival

 

10.30–12.15  Seminar – Living with labels: judgements and experience

Facilitators: Laura Neall and Tristan Voice

12.15–1.15  Lunch (not provided)

 

1.15–3.30  Film screening and discussion

Facilitator: Rob White

3.30–4  Break

 

4–5.30  Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

Spring/summer 2020

WEEKEND 5

Saturday 25 April

10–10.30  Arrival

10.30–1  Workshop – Family constellations

Facilitators: Paul Zeal and Carol Zeal

1–2  Lunch (not provided)

 

2–3.30 Seminar – The scapegoat, justice and religion: the importance of the excluded in criminal justice policy
Facilitator: Paul Mathew

3.30–4  Break

 

4–5.30  Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

Sunday 26 April

10.30–11  Arrival

11–12.30  Seminar – Out of the darkness: a community-led art psychotherapy response to the Grenfell Tower fire

Facilitator: Susan Rudnik

12.30–1.15  Lunch (not provided)

 

1.15–3.30 Film screening and discussion

Facilitator: Rob White

3.30–4  Break

 

4–5.30 Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

WEEKEND 6

Saturday 6 June

10–10.30  Arrival

10.30–12  Seminar – “What was I doing there?” Reflections on the place of the therapist in a PA house

Facilitator: Hilary Cooper

12–1  Lunch (not provided)

1–3.30  Workshop – drum healing

Facilitator: Richard Kensington

3.30–4  Break

 

4–5.30 Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

Sunday 7 June

10.30–11  Arrival

11–12.30  Workshop – Art therapy  

Facilitator: Paolo Plotegher

12.30–1.15  Lunch (not provided)

1.15–3.30  Film screening and discussion

Facilitator: Rob White

3.30–4  Break

 

4–5.30  Experiential group

Facilitator: Lakis Georghiou

Experientail course application